Bachelor of Creative Arts (Visual Communication Design)

Course summary for local students

Award granted Bachelor of Creative Arts (Visual Communication Design)
CampusOffered at Burwood (Melbourne), Waterfront (Geelong)
Cloud (online)No
Length3 years full-time or part-time equivalent
Next available intake

March (Trimester 1), July (Trimester 2)

Indicative annual fee 2015$6,513* - Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
LevelUndergraduate
Faculty contacts

Arts and Education Student Services and Enrolment Enquiries

 

Burwood (Melbourne) 
Tel 03 9246 8100 

artsedstudentsupport@deakin.edu.au

 

Waurn Ponds (Geelong)

Tel 03 5227 1359

artsedstudentsupport@deakin.edu.au

 

Course Director

Meghan Kelly, +61 3 924 46332, meghan.kelly@deakin.edu.au

 

Contact the Course Director for matters relating specifically to the academic content of this course - all enrolment related queries must go to the Student Services Office.

Clearly-in ATAR
Burwood (Melbourne): 51.40
Waterfront (Geelong): N/A
VTAC Codes1400414481 - Waterfront (Geelong), Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
1400514481 - Burwood (Melbourne), Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
CRICOS course code075372G
Deakin course code A355

New course version commenced 2012.

Course sub-headings

Course overview

Deakin University, Visual Communication Design program believes that design is what links creativity and innovation. Deakin aims to instil in students a belief that design can be an agent for change by encouraging them to shape their ideas into practical and attractive propositions for users, customers and society as a whole. Students are taught how to make ideas tangible and their abstract thoughts and inspirations realised in a professional and/or sociological context. Deakin's broad based definition of design respects the disciplinary overlaps of a changing profession, which now requires and more a holistic approach to problem solving via design thinking methodologies.

Deakin’s Bachelor of Creative Arts (Visual Communication Design) enables you to develop practical and theoretical skills in visual communication design. This course offers a dynamic combination of contemporary design theory with specialised studio practices and practical outcomes in a variety of design disciplines. It draws upon the expertise of its staff who are active practitioners in their fields, as well as visiting, special guest and casual academic staff. The Visual Communication Design program offers the opportunity to attend an international study tour and complete an internship as part of your course.

Fees and charges

Equivalent Full Time Student Load (EFTSL)
EFTSL is the standard annual full time load. Eight credit points is the standard full time load for one year of study.

Commonwealth supported place (CSP)
A Commonwealth supported place is one for which the university receives some government funding. As such, students enrolled in these places are required to contribute only part of the cost of their course. To be eligible for a Commonwealth supported place you must be an Australian citizen, or a New Zealand citizen or holder of a permanent visa who will be residing in Australia for the duration of your unit/s of study.

* The "indicative annual course fee" cited has been provided as a guide only. It has been calculated on the basis of a typical enrolment of a student undertaking the course in 2015, and reflects the cost involved in undertaking a full-time quota of units within the specified discipline.
The actual fees charged by Deakin University will depend upon the discipline from which each individual unit is chosen, and may vary from the indicative course fee cited, particularly if units are chosen from a number of disciplines. The cost of each unit offered in 2015 can be viewed from the Unit Search.
Please note that the fees per unit/credit point may increase annually due to rises in the cost of course delivery and service.
Deakin assumes no responsibility for persons relying on "indicative course fees" to calculate the total future cost of their course.

Career opportunities

With a Bachelor of Creative Arts (Visual Communication Design) degree, students will gain a range of skills that can be applied to a career in the exciting and creative fields of advertising, commercial design, web design and packaging. The program will give students opportunities to work with real clients and industry briefs so that they have a ‘working portfolio' at the finish of the degree. The program will offer students the opportunity to collaborate with students across arts disciplines to inform interesting dialogues and new art forms. This gives Deakin students a competitive edge in the industry, which will allow students to forge successful post-University career opportunities.

Course rules

For students commencing from 2015:

 

To qualify for the award of Bachelor of Creative Arts (Visual Communication Design) a student must complete 24 credit points including:

  • 14 credit points of core units
  • no more than 8 credit points taken outside the Faculty of Arts and Education
  • no more than 10 credit points at level 1

For students commencing prior to 2015 click here for the 2014 course rules.

 

Course structure

For students commencing from 2015;

 

Core units


Level 1

Trimester 1

ACG103Design Skills (also offered Trimester 3)

ACC100Communication in Everyday Life

2 Electives

 

Trimester 2

ACG102Design and Typography

ACC101Creativity and Dangerous Ideas (also offered Trimester 3)

2 Electives

 

Level 2

Trimester 1

ACG203Design Form and Function

ACG207Professional Practice in Design

ACC200Freelancing in the Arts (ACC200 also offered in Trimester 2 from 2016)

1 Elective

 

Trimester 2

ACG204Design and Society

ACG206Web Design and Interactivity (commences 2016)

ACG208Branding Design

1 Elective

 

Level 3

Trimester 1

ACG305Design Practice

ACG307Global Design Strategies

2 Electives

 

Trimester 2

ACC316Collaborative Major Creative Project (final offer 2015) (2 credit points)

or

ACG304Design and Collaboration (offered from 2016) (2 credit points)

2 Electives


Transition to University study
The faculty offers two units AIX160 Introduction to University Study and ALW117 Professional Writing for Work which are specifically designed to ease the transition into university study. New students are encouraged to enrol in one or both of these units in their first year.

Prerequisites
Because a number of disciplinary studies are cumulative in knowledge, technical competencies and/or study and research skills there are prerequisites which direct students to take some units before others. Students must seek advice from a course adviser before enrolling in units for which they do not have prerequisite or recommended units.

Entry requirements - general

Deakin University offers admission to undergraduate courses through a number of Admission categories.
In all categories of admission, selection is based primarily on academic merit as indicated by an applicant's previous academic record.
For more information on the Deakin Admissions Policy visit The Guide.

Entry requirements - specific

Applicants should have successfully completed VCE, or equivalent.  Prerequisites are Units 3 and 4–a study score of at least 25 in English (EAL) or 20 in English other than EAL.

The Faculty offers alternative entry options for mature age and other special categories of applicants.  Information about these is available in the VTAC guide and on the Deakin University’s website at http://www.deakin.edu.au/future-students/applications-enrolments/index.php

Credit for prior learning - general

The University aims to provide students with as much credit as possible for approved prior study or informal learning which exceeds the normal entrance requirements for the course and is within the constraints of the course regulations. Students are required to complete a minimum of one-third of the course at Deakin University, or four credit points, whichever is the greater. In the case of certificates, including graduate certificates, a minimum of two credit points within the course must be completed at Deakin.

You can also refer to the Credit for Prior Learning System which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin University degree.

How to apply

Applications for study for Trimester 1 must be made through the Victorian Tertiary Admission Centre (VTAC). For more information refer to VTAC (external site).

Applications for Trimester 2 and Trimester 3 must be made directly to the University through the Applicant Portal. For information on the application process and closing dates, see the Apply web page. Please note that closing dates may vary for individual courses.


Other Course Information

Assessment

Assessment within the award of Bachelor of Creative Arts varies from written assignments and/or examination to practical and technical exercises and performance. In some units assessment may also include class participation, online exercises, seminar exercises and tests.

Cross-institutional arrangements
Continuing Deakin students may apply to study units offered by another Australian tertiary institution and have them credited to their Deakin University degree. Further information is available from Arts Student Services.

 

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